Combating COVID-19 Risk at Summer Camps.

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Author: Rj Frasca
Date: June 2021
From: Risk Management(Vol. 68, Issue 6)
Publisher: Sabinet Online
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,209 words
Lexile Measure: 1520L

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According to the American Camp Association (ACA), only 20% to 30% of summer camps operated in 2020. Preliminary estimates show that the camp industry lost as much as $16 billion in revenue because of the pandemic. As with other physical venues and workplaces, many enterprises that operate summer camps and education programs are currently facing the challenges of reopening while ensuring safe operations that comply with local requirements and medical guidance.

"The pandemic has accelerated the need for powerful, easy-to-use digital information tools for organizations to confidently reopen under safe operating conditions," said Rick Kurland, CEO of employment screening and technology firm EBI, Inc. "The best tools will have a built-in framework that adheres to local and national safety standards and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and mitigates the risk of an illness outbreak that not only puts your staff and campers at risk, but also impacts your financial operations."

This year, automated distance monitoring and contact tracing technology, nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), and vaccines are providing both sleepaway and day camps with new ways to manage risk and safely welcome campers and staff back.

DISTANCE MONITORING AND CONTACT TRACING

Social distancing remains one of the biggest challenges for camps to enforce. While many may choose not to operate at full capacity, they will still likely need to abide by CDC guidance and keep campers physically distanced from one another. According to the CDC, the more people a camper or staff member interacts with and the longer that interaction is, the higher the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Last summer, South Breeze Day Camp was among the few summer camps that operated a successful--albeit smaller--program. The camp is based in Florida, a state that maintained relatively looser COVID-19 restrictions than most of the nation. According to Eric Meyer, camp owner and director,...

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